What a 10 year old taught me

I wrote an article about this the other day, about how everyone is going crazy for the iPhone 5. People were jumping mountains and crossing rivers for that toy before it even hit the market. It really astonished me how technology hungry society has gotten simply because the new version of the same phone that has been out for years is now available for the cheap cost of only $400. Wow. Anyways, that article went along the lines of America’s priorities, about how regardless of being in a recession, a war and dealing with escalating gas/college tuition prices, we still take time to spend our money on expensive devices. Right now, I want to take that same concept and apply it to something a bit different: Mark.

Mark here is the boy featured in the video. What he tells you in those 3 minutes and 56 seconds is not just inspiring but a little scary. Mark and his family, like many others, are having a tough time dealing with life. While his older brother waits for his release from jail, Mark works honorably in school and keeps his eyes out for a prospective future he hopes one day to earn through hard work. He mentions how his family has lived in motels for most of his life and dreams about owning a nice big house “like everybody else”. He talks about his interests like playing in the park and making new discoveries to giving viewers an insight into his morals about crime and robbery. Mark is an astonishing young boy full of character and motivation. And unlike most kids today who beg their parents for laptops, game consoles and, yes, even iPhone 5’s, he earns his way to something bigger and better for the future: a promising life.

With so much going on in todays world regarding politics, war, financial struggles and education it’s hard to believe a young boy such as Mark thinks in such mature ways. He reminds us that regardless of what happens outside of the house, family is always there for you and the drive to do well should always be something inside of ourselves. Materialistic goods have caused people to think like dollar bills. If we have the money, lets just buy it! But sometimes, its the small things in life that possess no price tag which carry a higher value. Things like morals, respect, an education and love. Mark taught me that the computer I type this post on, the house I live in, are simply objects that last for a short time but can easily be taken away. He reminded me to keep myself motivated and helped me understand that everyone has goals, even 10 year olds and that those can only be met through hard work and determination. Lots of people struggle through different life challenges but we don’t always see them. Instead, we see people lining up outside Apple stores or investing in new cars. Sometimes, the only things that truly matter are not judgments or opinions but self worth and respect for ourselves and those around us. How much do I respect myself knowing my dad bought me this computer and my parents pay for my college? Not so much anymore. Thanks Mark, for teaching me the important things in life. They aren’t objects but feelings of gratitude that are earned, not given.

– The Paintress

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